Executive Alert is a weekly report on career moves, awards and recognition and other top news about executives from across the Show-Me State.
Peabody Energy, the biggest coal producer in the U.S., has tapped Glenn Kellow as the company’s next CEO, replacing Gregory Boyce, who will retire in May and remain as executive chairman of Peabody’s board. Boyce joined Peabody in 2003 as COO and became chief exceutive in 2006. Kellow, currently Peabody’s president and COO, joined the company in 2013. He is a 28-year veteran of the multinational resources company BHO Billiton.
Tom Woods, president of Blue Springs-based Woods Custom Homes, was elected as the 2015 chairman of the National Association of Home Builders. Woods was elected president of the Kansas City HBA in 1991, and was selected as Kansas City’s Builder of the Year in 1995. He was also the mayor of Blue Springs from 1975 to 1978. During his one-year term, Woods said he will focus on housing finance reform and job creation.
Lee Enterprises has announced that its CFO Carl Schmidt will retire on July 1. Schmidt started his career in 1978 as a certified public accountant at KPMG in Milwaukee, and became a partner in 1988. He has also served at Johnson Outdoors as CFO Before joining Lee in 2001. The company, which owns the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and 45 other newspapers, has begun a search for a successor.
Brian Steines was named the new CFO of MU Health Care and the MU School of Medicine, succeeding Kevin Necas, who retired at the end of October. Prior to this appointment, Steines worked as VP of financial operations for Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network’s Arizona market. He has also held executive positions with Vanguard Health Care, Health Management Associates Inc. and Catholic Healthcare West.
Maryville University’s John E. Simon School of Business has named Melissa Griswold as dean, succeeding John Lewington. Griswold, a finance professor and director of financial services, joined Maryville in 2012. She previous worked at Quincy University for 14 years. Her appointment is effective June 1.
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Build-A-Bear Workshop Director Braden Michael Leonard sold 228,200 shares of the company stock between Jan. 7 and Jan. 12. The stock was sold at $19.25 to $20.23 per share, for a total value of more than $4.5 million. Following the transaction, Leonard now owns 1,671,790 shares in the company.